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A place of their own [electronic resource] : family farming in eastern Finland /
Ray Abrahams.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
description
xi, 210 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521381002 (hardcover)
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
isbn
0521381002 (hardcover)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8370288
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [194]-200) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-06:
Abrahams, a British anthropologist who has worked in East Africa as well as in Europe, offers in this short monograph a solid and sensitive study of rural life that is also historically informed and poses important comparative questions. His Finnish farmers do not inhabit that not-quite-real world of the ethnographic present, but have had to survive the turbulent history of a region that has seen more that its share of conflict and change. Adaptations have had to be made in response to factors ranging from the necessity of incorporating Karelian refugees after WW II to the changed economics of extensive mechanization. Nevertheless, the imperatives of family farming have remained remarkably constant. Family farming requires a reasonable fit between material resources (principally land) and the family unit that works them. It is because of this melding of the material and the human and the fact that family units are inherently in flux that marriage arrangements, kinship, collaboration, and succession to farms are such important factors in the lives of farming people everywhere. In a final chapter, Abrahams examines the ideological and economic dimensions of family farming systems in different periods and places, both within and outside Europe. Community-college level and up.-O. Pi-Sunyer, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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"Abrahams, a British anthropologist who has worked in East Africa as well as in Europe, offers in this short monograph a solid and sensitive study of rural life that is also historically informed and poses important comparative questions." Choice
'... a formidable account of social relationships and social institutions, the kind of systematic sociology that is all too often neglected in contemporary ethnography ... Abrahams is to be commeneded for producing a thought-provoking study ...'. Man
'... a formidable account of social relationships and social institutions, the kind of systematic sociology that is all too often neglected in contemporary ethnography ... Abrahams is to be commeneded for producing a thought-provoking study ...'.Man
‘… a formidable account of social relationships and social institutions, the kind of systematic sociology that is all too often neglected in contemporary ethnography … Abrahams is to be commeneded for producing a thought-provoking study …’.Man
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Summaries
Main Description
Based on field research in eastern Finland not far from the Russian border, this book is an account of the main features of rural society in the area. It pays detailed attention to the adaptability of farming families in a rapidly changing world. Subjects treated include marriage and the family, work and mechanization, succession to farms, and the paradoxical combination of fierce individualism and cooperation. Two major themes of the book are the relation between law and custom, which is not always what it seems on the surface, and the complex interlocking of farm, family, and the wider society.
Description for Library
This is a study of family farming in eastern Finland. It looks at the connections between farm and family, and considers the significance of mechanization and other modern developments for the persistence of the family as a farming unit. Here, and in other contexts, the author draws attention to the adaptability of families in a changing world. He describes collaboration between farming families, marriage patterns, kinship and succession to farms, and he makes some interesting comparisons with family farming systems in different periods and places.
Description for Bookstore
This is a study of family farming in eastern Finland. It looks at the connections between farm and family, and considers the significance of mechanization and other modern developments for the persistence of the family as a farming unit. Here, and in other contexts, the author draws attention to the adaptability of families in a changing world.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
A strange eventful history
The origins of modern farming families
Family and farm
From generation to generation
Co-operation between farming families
Farming families in a changing world
Bibliography
Indexes
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